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Michelin Introduces the Tire of the Future

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Michelin innovation drives change, provides solutions for farmers.

At this year’s Farm Progress show, which is taking place in the States, Michelin is showing off some of their latest tires, as well as the company’s plans for future agriculture tires.

“Tires are the only link between the ground and the machine,” said Laurent Le Dortz, director of marketing Michelin North America Agricultural and Compact product line. “Michelin is driving change through innovation. These prototype tires showcase our technical leadership in the agricultural industry and our commitment to customers to provide the best solutions for their challenges on and off the field.”

One of the most exciting is the Michelin LifeBIB, a concept tire with a specialized tread pattern designed to emulate wheat grain. Michelin says the LifeBIB is the agricultural tire of the future, designed to support future tractors and combines.

The concept tire presents an alternative to traditional “V” lugs with a new design to contribute to productivity. Michelin Ultraflex Technology allows tires to be engineered for more powerful and heavier machines while operating with lower air pressure. Launched in 2004, Michelin Ultraflex IF (high flexion) Technology can carry the same load at up to 20 percent lower air pressure compared to standard radial technology tires, or up to 20 percent heavier loads at the same pressure as standard radial tires, resulting in a larger footprint and reduced soil compaction.

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